Definition of Shoot down

1. Verb. Move quickly and violently. "He came charging into my office"

Exact synonyms: Buck, Charge, Shoot, Tear
Generic synonyms: Belt Along, Bucket Along, Cannonball Along, Hasten, Hie, Hotfoot, Pelt Along, Race, Rush, Rush Along, Speed, Step On It
Related verbs: Dart, Dash, Flash, Scoot, Scud, Shoot
Specialized synonyms: Rip
Also: Shoot Up

2. Verb. Shoot at and force to come down. "The enemy landed several of our aircraft"
Exact synonyms: Down, Land
Derivative terms: Land

3. Verb. Thwart the passage of. "He shot down the student's proposal"
Exact synonyms: Defeat, Kill, Vote Down, Vote Out
Generic synonyms: Blackball, Negative, Veto
Derivative terms: Defeat

Definition of Shoot down

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause to fall by shooting. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To criticize a (request) to the point of preclusion. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shoot Down

shoot 'em up
shoot 'em ups
shoot a line
shoot down (current term)
shoot first and ask questions later
shoot for
shoot for the stars
shoot from the hip
shoot me
shoot off
shoot off at the mouth
shoot one's bolt
shoot one's mouth off
shoot oneself in the foot
shoot out
shoot the boots
shoot the breeze

Literary usage of Shoot down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American State Trials: A Collection of the Important and Interesting by John Davison Lawson, Robert Lorenzo Howard (1918)
"... England and the thought was suggested to him that he might be arrested in England: he then said he would shoot down the first officer that arrested him. ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"His evidence is that if he had been allowed to shoot down the loose coal and to have put the track up, he would have escaped injury. ..."

3. Tent Life in Tigerland: With which is Incorporated Sport and Work on the by James Inglis (1892)
"... to shoot at moving jungle—Never shoot down the line—Motions of different animals in the grass. ..."

4. A Practical Dictionary of the English and German Languages by Felix Flügel, Johann Gottfried Flügel (1861)
"I. a. to shoot down, bring down by shoot ing, to destroy or level with the ground (by cannon shots); ... shoot down, descend rapidly; — fd)tug, (ifr., pi. ..."

5. Bulletin by Kentucky Geological Survey (1907)
"In the wide stopes 4 men handling 2 air drills shoot down 50 tons per ... One air drill and 2 men in an 8-foot stope shoot down about 10 tons per shift. ..."

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